About US & FAQs

FAQ

How do I get something printed on the 3D printer?

The Active Learning Labs owns and maintains a variety of desktop and industrial-grade 3D printers for the benefit of student projects. Priority in the printing queue will go to SEAS course-related work. There is 3D printing capacity available for individual/club-related student projects by arrangement. Please note that lead times for printing parts can be long, particularly during design project intensive times of the academic year. It is the student's responsibility to plan accordingly. 

Please contact Elaine Kristant, ekristant@seas.harvard.edu, with any 3D printing related inquiries. 

How do I get access to the Active Learning Labs computer lab in Pierce G12?

The Pierce G12 computer lab has desktop computers with a variety of engineering software (for example, Solidworks and Comsol Multiphysics) installed and available for student use.

Access to this space can be arranged by contacting Mohammad Souri (msouri@seas.harvard.edu). 

People

Anas Chalah

Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Anas Chalah is the Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning at the School of Engineering and a Lecturer on Engineering Sciences at Harvard University. He leads a team of engineers and collaborates with faculty to create an environment that encourages hands-on engineering education. As member of the research and teaching senior executive team, he applies new pedagogical methods in developing experimental and design-based activities as well as supporting SEAS's growing presence in biological and environmental engineering. Anas received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Rachel DeLucas

Active Learning Labs Manager

Rachel is the Active Learning Labs Manager and provides managerial and technical support to active learning activities. Her academic training includes a BS in Archaeology and Materials from MIT, and an MS in Manufacturing Engineering at Boston University. She spent three years working in industry as a Process Engineer for H.C. Starck in a tantalum metal refining and powder manufacturing factory. She has worked on other diverse materials science research projects including: ceramics development for dental biomaterials applications, ancient Mesoamerican copper smelting, and polymeric photonic bandgap materials.

Lila St. Joy

Programs Manager for Teaching and Learning

Lila is the Programs Manager for the Active Learning Labs at SEAS. Her primary responsibilities include supporting student groups, summer programs and winter sessions. Lila graduated from Mount Ida College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science and continued her education at Boston University with a Masters in Criminal Justice. Lila began her career in higher education during her time at BU as a graduate assistant of the Prison Education Program. Outside of SEAS, you can find Lila cooking or at the nearest Chick-Fil-a!
 

Salma Abu Ayyash

LInc Preceptor in Design Innovation and ES100 Administrator for the Active Learning Labs

Salma Abu Ayyash is a preceptor in the Learning Incubator where she works with SEAS faculty as they redesign their courses to apply innovative pedagogical strategies and assessment tools in their classrooms. She is also the senior design project (ES100) coordinator, where she manages a large course of over 50 students working with faculty advisors to create innovative engineering capstone projects. Salma has a masters degree in Electrical Engineering. She has worked in the industry and taught at Wentworth Institute of technolgoy. Outside SEAS Salma is a mother, an activist, an actor, a pop-up chef, a beach-bum, and a former film festival curator who still enjoyes the many film festivals in town.

Melissa Hancock

Biological/Environmental Lab Engineer

Melissa Hancock is the Biological and Environmental Lab Engineer for the Active Learning Labs. She supports the development and implementation of “wet” lab curriculum in bioengineering and environmental engineering undergraduate and graduate courses. Outside of courses, Melissa assists students in designing and conducting laboratory experiments for extracurricular projects and theses. Melissa holds a PhD from Columbia University in Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies. In addition to drying soil samples, imaging insects on the SEM, and growing cells, Melissa enjoys Crossfit, film photography, duct tape, and antique Danish furniture.

 

Elaine H Kristant

Manager of Active Learning and Student Engagement

Elaine is the Manager of Active Learning and Student Engagement and is the lead mechanical engineer for the SEAS Active Learning Labs. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Manufacturing Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After receiving her MS, Elaine was hired at Medtronic as an Advance Manufacturing Engineer for the Coronary and Renal division of the Cardiac and Vascular Group. While not working, Elaine likes to play ice hockey and solve puzzles.

 

Steven J Cortesa

Mechanical Engineer

Steve Cortesa is a Mechanical Engineer for the Active Learning Labs at SEAS. His primary responsibilities include advising undergraduate and SEAS graduate student projects, managing the lab's work space and stock, and improving student lab experience in courses. Steve graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining the team in 2016, he spent time working in product development with EMC Corporation, Bevi, and SharkNinja. In addition to his engineering interests, Steve loves to cook and eat great food, play volleyball, and spend time in the mountains or at the beach. 

Munib Wober

EE Design Specialist

Dr. Munib Wober obtained BS(Phi Beta Kappa), MS, and PhD degrees in Physics, all from MIT. He was subsequently employed at Bell Laboratories as a member of Technical Staff, at the Polaroid Corporation where he was both a Corporate Research Fellow and a director and following was a serial entrepreneur. He has been employed at Harvard University as a Research Associate, visiting lecturer, lecturer, and Design Specialist. He has published over a dozen papers and is the holder of over 70 issued patents. His primary hobbies are hiking and mountaineering.

 

Xuan Liang

Associate Director, Instructional Labs

Xuan is the Associate Director of Instructional Laboratories. She works with faculty and course staff to develop lab experiments and course demonstrations, and provides technical consultation to teaching fellows and students. She has extensive university-level instructional and laboratory experience, as well as industrial manufacturing and product development experience in EECS. She holds a MSCS and BSEE, with some background in mechanical, business administration, and bio-medical areas.

 

Evan Smith

Electrical Engineer

J. Evan Smith is an Electrical Engineer for the Active Learning Labs. At Harvard, Evan is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of lab curriculum in courses involving electrical engineering. Evan graduated with Highest Honors and Highest Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to Harvard, Evan worked at the Duke University School of Medicine as a Research and Development Engineer in the Division of Brain Stimulation and Neurophysiology. Outside of SEAS, you might find Evan playing pick-up basketball, hiking with family, or developing solutions for mental health care.

Nishant V. Sule

Senior Computational Engineer

Nishant Sule is a Senior Computational Engineer collaborating with people from the Active Learning Labs and SEAS Computing. He develops computational content for courses and helps teach computational methods and tools. Nishant has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he developed a new method for simulating electron transport in graphene. Prior to joining SEAS, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at James Franck Institute in the University of Chicago, where he simulated the dynamics of laser-illuminated nanoparticles. Outside of SEAS, you might find Nishant hiking with his daughters, showing them bugs and critters.

Eleni Kaxiras

Assistant Director for Data Science and Computation

Eleni is the Assist. Director for Data Science and Computation for the Computing in Engineering Education (CEE) team. She advises for the use of computational tools in SEAS courses, and is a lab instructor for CS109A/CS109B. She holds a Bachelor’s in Physics from the University of Crete where she is currently a doctoral student. She is interested in the application of deep learning in analyzing biological signals.

Mohammad Souri

Mohammad Souri

Computational and Simulation Engineer

Mohammad is the computational and simulation engineer for SEAS Active Learning Labs and a member of Computing in Engineering Education team. He supports SEAS faculty and students with their computation needs and create content and teaches computational labs for courses. Mohammad obtained his BSc in mechanical engineering from Sharif University of Technology. Later he went on to pursue his PhD also in mechanical engineering at University of Kentucky, where worked on a project funded by NASA and NSF. While he is not working, he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, or being in nature.

Tony Turner

Mechanical Engineer

Tony is a Mechanical Engineer for the Active Learning Labs at SEAS. He holds a SB in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University. While attending Harvard he was active in various teaching positions for engineering courses including Computer-Aided Machine Design and Mechanical Systems.

His responsibilities in the Active Learning Labs include supporting students’ mechanical projects as well as working with course staff to develop and improved mechanical engineering lab content. 

Outside of work, Tony enjoys hiking in the White Mountains, downhill skiing, and cooking new food.